Portrait of 'Sir Brian Leveson' by Mark Roscoe commissioned by Liverpool John Moores University

Sir Brian Leveson’s portrait

 Mark  Roscoe, who was commissioned to paint this portrait, considered adding a liver bird to the bookshelves but felt that making a mythical bird look real might not have worked. Instead, the liver bird appears on the robes Sir Brian wears where it is holding liver seaweed.  A liver bird is a mythical creature and…

Emma Hopkins – wins BP Young Artist Award

Self-taught, her training was in prosthetics, and initially discouraged from becoming an artist, Emma Hopkins wins another accolade. Last night at the National Portrait Gallery,  Emma Hopkins won the £9,000 Young Artist Award for ‘Sophie and Carla’, a portrait that depicts the photographer Sophie Mayanne and her pet dog. The judges liked the way negative…

New Member Tim Benson

We are delighted to announce Tim Benson as the newest member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters! Benson has been exhibiting with the RP for over ten years and is a wonderful addition to the society. Apart from a commitment to the art of portraiture itself, Benson is committed to building awareness through painting,…

G F Watts 'Lillie Langtry. The Dean's Daughter'

Lillie Langtry and the Evolution of the Muse

With George Frederic Watts’ portrait of 1870s socialite Lillie Langtry currently exhibiting in the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition, we take a look at what it means to be a muse then and now. Lillie Langtry was the quintessential muse. A British-American actress, producer and socialite, she captivated 1870s London with her charm, talent…

Photo Must Be Credited ©Edward Lloyd/Alpha Press 080000 08/05/2019 Basia Briggs with ÔRose at HoughtonÕ by Phoebe Dickinson at the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Annual Exhibition Private View 2019 held at the Mall Galleries in The Mall, London.

Well-Known Figures at the Private View

Celebrities and portraits mingle, see Photographer, Edward Lloyd’s photos in his Diary News The country’s most knowledgeable portrait aficionados descended on the Mall Galleries in London’s The Mall for the Private View of the annual Royal Society of Portrait Painters Exhibition, to admire this prestigious show of over 200 recent portraits.  It celebrates the diversity…

Peter Kuhfeld 'The Executive Chef' winner of the Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture

2019 Prize winners are…

Peter Kuhfeld RP NEAC, Winner of The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture – £10,000 The Ondaatje Prize for Portraiture is sponsored by Sir Christopher Ondaatje CBE OC and the Ondaatje Foundation, this generous prize of a £10,000 cheque plus the Society’s Gold Medal is awarded for the most distinguished portrait of the year. Kuhfeld was born in…

Sophie and Carla by Emma Hopkins -detail. Shortlisted for BP Portrait Award

BP Portrait Award Shortlist

Three out of four in the 2019 BP Portrait Award shortlist!   Emma Hopkins is a Member of the Royal Society of Portrait Painters Hopkins wants to understand as much as she can about what it means to be human. She explains “We are not just the clothed person we present to the world. We…

The Times, cutting about our 2019 Portrait Exhibition

What the Press have picked up…

The National Press has already picked up on our 2019 exhibition.  The Times picked out two lovely portraits, ‘Rose at Houghton’ by Phoebe Dickinson and Miriam Escofet’s ‘Portrait with Chinoiserie Wallpaper’ and the Independent carries a piece on Anthony Connolly‘s portrait of the academic Dr Bateman who made headlines with her Brexit leaves Britain Naked…